Series: The Hunt (bk. 3)
Genera: Dystopian Sci-fi/Thriller
Subjects: vampires, love, survival
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 309 pgs.
List Price: $18.99
Publisher: MacMillan: St. Martin’s Griffin
Summary/ product description: “From author Andrew Fukuda comes The Trap, the explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy—perfect for fans of The Hunger Games!
After barely escaping the Mission alive, Gene and Sissy face an impossible task: staying alive long enough to stop an entire world bent on their destruction. Bound on a train heading into the unknown with the surviving Mission girls, Gene, Sissy, David, and Epap must stick together and use everything they have to protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again. Now that they know how to reverse the virus, Gene and Sissy have one final chance to save those they love and create a better life for themselves. But as they struggle to get there, Gene's mission sets him on a crash course with Ashley June, his first love . . . and his deadliest enemy”
My Review: My mind is officially blown. I’ve never read an ending like this! I’m not even sure what to say about it. I’m impressed. I feel like geeking out about it. It’s so cool and scary and a crazy thrill ride. I bet I’m going to have a major book hangover. I’m sure I’ll never look at anything the same way again. This series has been the definition of pulse-pounding, page turning action in the dystopian genera. This is definitely one world I would not like to live in.
It’s amazing that Gene was able to survive undetected for 17 years. This final installment does no disappoint and I’m happy to say that this is probably one of my favorite dystopian series that I’ve read. People have compared it to The Immortal Rules but Julie Kagawa, but this take on vampires is so completely different that it won’t feel like a knock-off. The characters are well developed and I truly care about them. We get Gene’s 1st person, present tense perspective, and also the 3rd person perspectives of Ashley June and Sissy. It’s great to see more of the story.
Sissy and Gene are in the palace now. There are other hepers there and are sometimes eating. They’re kept there like cattle in really gross catacombs. The Ruler lets Gene and Sissy leave only if they go assassinate Ashley June who’s going to reveal the whereabouts of the heper, which might lead to the palace being stormed. Along the way, discoveries are made. Gene and pretty pretty much all the hepers have been lied to about their past. Some characters die, and some are turned. It’s all very fast and un-putdownable. And that ending! That was kind of freaky.
It reminds me of Ancient Aliens, but without the aliens. I’m not sure how to express my feeling about it without giving everything away, but think of it as a secret history of vampires. Maybe this book wasn’t so futuristic after all, but like pre-biblical. Like the vampires are the First People or something. Gene-Sis, after all. I did notice the lack of cars. But really, it doesn’t seem to fit together well. There’s so many inconsistencies. I was like: No way! You can’t do that!!! It was completely mind-blowing and unique either way.
Cover Art Review: This cover is really cool a definitely fit the book and the dystopian genera. The title with the images inside are eye catching, and the green differentiates it from the previous books. It’s a great cover.